Forty-nine-year-old Police Corporal Jose Antonio Correa Blanco was found dead inside the Caribbean Shores Substation bathroom. Blanco’s body was found by his coworker on Sunday morning. Blanco reported for duty at about two-fifty that morning and around four-thirty he went to use the restroom. Becoming concerned, his coworker called for him but he did not respond prompting police to force open the door. ASP Fitzroy Yearwood says that an autopsy will determine the cause of death.
ACP Fitzroy Yearwood, Director of Communications: “It’s unfortunate that he was found motionless by one of his colleague at the station where he was posted and working. According to his colleague he went to the bathroom sometime around 4:30 AM and when she realized that he was in there for a while and was not responding to her calls she got assistance from their main station at precinct four where the officers had to prise open the door and they found him motionless. He was transported to the KHMH where he was pronounced dead at around 7:30 AM thereabout. She’s saying that he didn’t appear to be anyway out of the ordinary but when he went to the bathroom and took so long is when her concerns began to grow and then eventually she checked on him. I know that in this department we try to give people their personal private time so I wouldn’t be banging on your door if you’re in the restroom not knowing what you’re doing or going through. So I believe that she acted after realizing that he was in there for far too long. But like I said it’s unfortunate for us.”
Blanco suffered from diabetes, cholesterol, and high blood pressure. His death at the police station has prompted the public to query about police officers’ welfare. The media as ASP Yearwood about it.